(NEW YORK) — One of the last states touched by Hurricane Matthew has become one of the hardest hit. The death toll in North Carolina has jumped to 14 from 11, Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday, and three people in the state remain missing.
One victim was driving home when a tree fell on him, the governor said. Two others were found submerged in their cars.
“Too many people have died and we don’t want any more to die,” McCrory said Tuesday morning. “I saw firsthand the suffering the citizens are going through. That will stick with me for the rest of my life.”
Matthew battered Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia for days before weakening and veering out to sea on Sunday. The powerful storm was blamed for the death of 28 people.
The storm brought winds of up to 100 mph, as much as 15 inches of rain and powerful storm surges of up to 9 feet in some areas.
The storm caused widespread power outages and has left billions of dollars in damage in its wake.
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